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lav·ish

lavish

 
 
pronunciation:
lae vihsh
parts of speech:
adjective, transitive verb
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: liberal or generous in using or spending (often fol. by "of" or "in").
She was lavish of praise for the young artist.You should not be so lavish in your spending even if it is in a good cause.
synonyms:
bountiful, generous, greathearted, liberal, openhanded, prodigal, unselfish
antonyms:
frugal, meager, sparing
similar words:
bighearted, improvident, munificent, profligate, profuse, thriftless, unrestrained
definition 2: abundant or expensive; extravagant.
The famous couple held lavish parties in their new mansion.
synonyms:
costly, expensive, extravagant, luxurious, opulent, sumptuous
antonyms:
frugal, meager
similar words:
abundant, excessive, exuberant, fancy, generous, highfalutin, luxuriant, ostentatious, pretentious, profligate, wasteful
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: lavishes, lavishing, lavished
definition: to expend or give abundantly or limitlessly (often fol. by "on").
He lavished attention on his children.The critics lavished praise on the film, but moviegoers were not impressed.
synonyms:
heap, pour, shower
similar words:
bestow, rain
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derivations: lavishly (adv.), lavishness (n.)
Word History
Lavish comes from lavache, an early French word for a torrent (or very heavy fall of rain). The French word came from a Latin word meaning "to wash."